chapter  7
Probing accounts
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This chapter reviews and extends the use of the distinction between a phenomenon and explaining-theorising about that phenomenon, that is between accounts-of and accounting-for. To begin, you can work on accounts by refining them to make them brief-but-vivid so that they speak to the experience of others as described briefly in Chapter 5 but here considerably extended. This treats each account as an individual entity. Collections of accounts can also be probed and analysed as collectivities. The most important thing to remember is that, although you can treat accounts as data, as the things to be analysed, the Discipline of Noticing treats accounts as entries into or pointers to experiences, which constitute the actual data. Probing and analysing accounts is really probing and analysing experience.